A basement can flood due to heavy rains, pipe leaks, snow and ice. This isn’t something you want to experience in your home because of the inconveniences and associated risks.
When a basement floods, your home becomes a safety hazard and a risk to your family’s health. This is why it is imperative to act quickly by taking measures to mitigate the situation. Below are steps to take for a basement flood.
Make Your Safety a Priority
The first thing is to ensure the basement is safe before entering. Switch off the electricity within the area.
Getting into the basement without turning off power can cause electric shocks if a power outlet is submerged in the water. Also, turn off the gas dryer, furnace and water tank.
Check the Water Source
A basement flood could occur due to clogged septic systems, foundation leaks, leaking fixtures and broken pipes. First, you should identify the source and turn off the water to stop flooding. If you suspect that the flooding is coming from a sewage system, call a professional immediately for help.
In the case of pipe leaks, it can be challenging to control the water, especially when there is severe damage to the pipes. In this case, it is ideal to call a plumber to help you solve the issue.
Drain the Water and Dry the Basement Flood
Once the basement is safe, you can try and drain the water through a floor drain until the surface is dry. If you do not have a floor drain or the drain is clogged, you’ll have to drain the water using a mop and a bucket. Ensure the surface dries well before you start removing damaged items.
Seek Professional Help
If you have water in your basement, you should act quickly to remove the water and solve the underlying issue. Contact us today for a free consultation and for help on what to do next after a basement flood.